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All About Waterproofing Your Basement


Home Inspector

Finishing your basement? Not so fast. Here are 8 steps you should take to waterproof your basement before you do any finishing work.

#1 Install An Effective Drainage System

If your basement were to flood after you've put all that time and money into finishing it, you'll end up with damaged insulation, drywall, and other finishing products that are a hassle to replace. Repairing a flooded finished basement is outright expensive. It's much cheaper to install a drainage system before finishing.


#2 Install A Complete Sump Pump System

A sump pump system is another must-have before finishing your basement as this is the only way you'll be able to effectively remove large volumes of water from your house if heavy rains or a plumbing failure were to cause water accumulation in the basement. Good sump pumps are ready for power outages, failures, and more so that your basement is always water ready.

#3 Guard Against Frozen Discharge Lines